This “little lion” is covered in a long, silky double coat, from the tips of their long, floppy ears to the ends of their tails. They often have a long luxurious fringe covering their face, which is typically tied up in a top knot to help them see. The fur around the muzzle is shorter, though Shih Tzus still have large fuzzy beards and moustaches. Traditionally the coat is allowed to grow to floor length, though many owners find it more practical to clip the fur to a more manageable length. Shih Tzu are sometimes considered hypoallergenic dogs, as they do not shed frequently. In dog shows, all colours are permitted. Some common fur colours include gold, white, black, and brown. Patched coats (such as brown patches on white) are also very common.